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A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest by J.A. Myhre

Posted by Sherry on 6/6/2017 in 2015, Africa, Children's Fiction, Kenya |

Ten year old Mu has lived with the family of his great-uncle, the mukumu (a African traditional priest who can cast curses and give protection from them), for as long as he can remember. Mu is treated more as a servant than as a member of the family, but at least he gets to go […]

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Treasures from Barefoot Books

Posted by Sherry on 4/24/2017 in Around the World, Kenya, Korea, Spain |

Barefoot Books, a publisher and bookseller dedicated to producing inclusive and diverse books, sent me a selection of lovely books that I can’t wait to write about. Their website says, “At Barefoot Books, our mission is to share stories, connect families and inspire children.” I’m impressed with the quality and diversity of the books I […]

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Walking Home by Eric Walters

Posted by Sherry on 4/8/2015 in 2015, Africa, Around the World, Children's Fiction, General, Kenya |

This middle grade novel, published in Canada and set in Kenya, has wonderful themes about forgiveness and responsibility and family loyalty and trust and the power of imagination. I don’t know how popular stories set in foreign countries are among the target audience, but this one is a great read. Thirteen year old Muchoki and […]

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Since I’m Planning to Read about Africa

Posted by Sherry on 12/25/2011 in Africa, Around the World, Biography/Memoir, Kenya |

I found this article, How To Write About Africa by Binyavanga Wainaina, at the website of a magazine called Granta. A few of Mr. Wainaina’s many rules for writing about Africa: 1. Always use the word ‘Africa’ or ‘Darkness’ or ‘Safari’ in your title. 2. Make sure you show how Africans have music and rhythm […]

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